Watermelons and melons grown in greenhouses can contain nitrates. The best season to buy gourds is August. And if you buy watermelon or melon in July, for example, you can get health problems instead of benefits.
As nutritionist Olena Kalen explained, watermelons and melons grown in greenhouses can contain nitrates, which can lead to digestive problems, Dr. Peter reports.
“But even more sadly, these substances turn hemoglobin in our cells into an inactive form. This disrupts the metabolism of the cell: it is less well supplied with oxygen and dies faster. As a result, the body gets sick and ages faster,” the expert explained.
Watermelon – benefits
Watermelon contains a large number of vitamins and antioxidants.
Thanks to the antioxidants L-citrulline and L-arginine, watermelon improves the functioning of our arteries. Another antioxidant lycopene reduces the level of “bad” cholesterol. Choline improves the transmission of nerve impulses, which makes brain activity more active. Also, the high content of folic acid in watermelon makes it especially useful during pregnancy.
Another advantage of watermelon is its diuretic properties, which are comparable in effectiveness to well-known diuretics.
How to eat watermelon correctly
It is better not to combine watermelon with other foods. It is better to eat this berry no earlier than 1.5 hours after the main meal, advises Kalen.
“Due to the high amount of fiber and fructose, combining watermelon with other foods can cause bloating and other problems with the gastrointestinal tract. It is not recommended to combine gourds with alcohol,” the expert added.
By the way, melon contains more fructose, while watermelon contains more sucrose. The glycemic index of melon is lower than that of watermelon. Therefore, in case of diabetes or weight loss, melon is better than watermelon.
Eating a lot of watermelon at once will cause a big spike in blood sugar, which is dangerous for diabetics. In addition, excess sugar will be stored in our bodies as fat.
How to choose a good watermelon
- A good watermelon should be moderately large with a bright rind color.
- The light spot on the side should be bright yellow, the peel should be hard, and the tendril and stalk should be dry.
- If you slap a ripe watermelon, you can feel the vibration, and when you press it with your finger, you will hear a ringing sound.